tv [untitled] July 28, 2010 7:03am-7:33am PST
>> welcome to district sf, featureless enigmatic district 10. this district has great weather, a football stadium, beautiful views of the bay, colorful history, and a community of outspoken activist, but the area is struggling over how to deal with environmental health problems, crime, poverty, and concerns about a i have one great grandchild. i think that should tell you i have been here a while. >> have always loved this neighborhood, and it just so happens that i married someone who loved this neighborhood, too. sort of the fall of each arm and the history of the buildings. the trees and the architecture resonated with me.
>> i stayed in the neighborhood, went to school year, and i just continue to work in the neighborhood. it is a great neighborhood. >> i think we probably have more children and most seniors than most other districts. i would say we have energy and wisdom. we have a great deal of new asian families and older italian families, people would have been here for 80 or 90 years. and then leland avenue, which is very interesting because they, too, have an asian population and an african-american population. and then you have bayview hunters point. a lot of people keep year for jobs. and then potrero hill is very different because is kind of a new yuppie population, and little hollywood and dog patch. >> historical, district and has been home to shipyards, heavy industry, and a naval base.
now, the naval base and most of the shipyards and factories are closed, but the environmental problems continue to impact the district. let's hear how residents are responding to the environmental and health issues they are facing. >> it was hard to breathe last night. i woke up coughing, you know? those are the things that we go through because of the contamination out here. >> this community has a history of issues, environmental issues that have been let go, just run amok. sitting in a meeting once with the health department, we discovered haphazardly that they had known for years that in bayview hunters point, african- american women under the age of 50 had the highest rate of breast cancer in the entire state, but the health department has noted for years, and they failed to address it. they only started talking about it when we actually found out. >> we have babies that were born
-- that were stillborn. we have babies that live for maybe an hour or 2 and died afterwards, and nobody could explain why. nobody could explain any of it to us, and it all has to do with where we live, what we are breathing, and what we are playing on. we are not put it all off on pg &e, because we know that there are many issues, but this power plant was the number one largest single standing source of air and water pollution in bayview hunters point. for obvious reasons, we wanted to make it go away, but we started -- we decided that we were going to plant our feet and go after them, as we said, one goliaths at a time. >> the power plant issue, both potrero hill and bayview, you never hear one mentioned without the other. the spokesman did together to make sure they are getting rid of their power plants, and they look at which one was the worst,
and the bayview one was the worst, and we got rid of that. >> the oldest power plant in the country. 77 years old, and we finally got it tore down by fighting. others tried to take the credit, but the community pushed the power plant down. >> i have a child suffers from the effects of this power plant and from the other pollutants. my job was to take it where it really counts. that is what we did. we formed mothers for environmental justice of on the hill because these guys were up at the foot of this power plant, and that was our first goliath. >> with the shipyard, long before we started coming up, we knew that there were issues. when i became elected, i co- authored legislation to make sure we put the health department has the lead agency so that health was number one, and then we put a lot of things in place, a lot of traders in place, so we felt that it whoever was going to redevelop
it, if they did not do the right thing, then triggers would come into play, and we would be aware of it, and we would make some changes. >> better than 80% of all the schools in the city come out here. don't send everybody out here, that old dilapidated plant out there. >> sewage plants should not be within 25 feet of people's homes, and the bayview is that way. that should move. it could move to the badlands of the poor property. i do not know that there is anything that we want to get rid of other than the power plants, sewage plants, asphalt plants, things that you do not want to grow. there are things that can move, but i think they need to stay in the city, but they can be different. >> unless we do something drastic and severe for this community, it is not going to survive. not only for us, but it is not going to survive for a lot of you folks that are moving in
here. and >> district and has a reputation as one of the city's most dangerous areas. we asked if the notoriety is valid and inquire about the district's crime problem. >>, as an issue that happens everywhere citizens go. we tend to blame the folks who have to look at what surrounds them, what the environment has the right. the environment has been neglected. poor schools, poor health, and food, poor housing, so we have to take some response ability for that. >> the reason some of the temperance flare-up is not because we have and lack of jobs, not just because there is and no money floating freely through the community, not just because they're almost every good payment of in the community goes estimate on the outside who gets their pay check and go somewhere else, the dollars do not even certainly hear. and are being locked out.
>> there was no killing going on here at the shipyards. people are happy. there were no bars on the doors. some people did not even lock their doors. that is the difference. >> the science already shows that what we preach every day and what we lived around and the mold and mildew in the house -- it creates a situation in the brain where the children cannot sit still. they cannot learn. they do a job to anger, but nobody wants to address that. they just want to say these are little black kids that do not care about nothing. they are bad. they are drug dealers. they are junkies. but do you ever want to resolve the issue? police >> know better. they have a job, and they tried to get peace. but there are certain people out there who run people out of their, throw a limb in jail, giving people tickets, dragging off their cars -- throwing
people in jail, giving people tickets, dragging up their cars. that is part of the game to push us out. >> a lot of our children are foster care. what are we doing about them? we know that a lot of the young men are committing these crimes. how are we addressing milk? -- how are we addressing them? you can get it easier than you can get an apple. that is not our fault, and we are trying to change that. we need liquor stores to be better neighbors because the people hanging in front of liquor stores are not buying milk and bread. they are buying cups of liquor, by a cigarette. they are doing other things. we are trying to make sure that people understand that if you have a liquor store, you can provide other services as well. looking at the best liquor stores and saying that this is a good standard. we want liquor stores to be like this throughout the city, good
neighbors. we are trying to take back our streets, get different uses, and people who can bring a table out because there's a restaurant in front of it. >> developing large areas -- plans for developing large areas of district and are moving forward, but many areas are skeptical about the motives of the city's redevelopment agency and others who pushed for growth in the area. issues of housing affordability, the decline in the city's african-american population, as gentrification and displacement all converge as the city makes plans give parts of district 10 and extreme makeover. >> this city has not been a good city for african-americans in any and every way you can name. >> they have job opportunities away from people out here. they have a way of pushing amount. >> most of the growth that is going to happen in san francisco is going to happen here, so there is a great
opportunity for good and well balanced planning. there >> has been gentrification going on. we very well knew that it was going to come this way because it was the only land left. >> my family got moved out of the fillmore into bayview hunters point back when redevelopment was the old redevelopment, and they were proclaiming to do all of us some justice. they were going to tear down the old houses and replace them with new houses, and everybody bought into that dream. does it surprise you that they admit that the whole reality was to get so many black folks out of the fillmore? because folks was means wanted to move in. >> they get a lot of grief for that, but the reality is we were part of a larger national federal initiative. in terms of the work that we do today and work we have done over the last 20 years, we have been
the leader in terms of producing affordable housing. that is a document to the fact. >> we actually want redevelop. we want to see our house is remodel, kept up. poor people do not necessarily because they are poor want to live in dilapidated broken houses. these folks are dying to have their houses repaired and 6 so they do not have these issues. they are fighting to hold onto old, raggedy houses. you know why? because they know what rebel mendez. redevelopment at a meeting of our schools -- that was then. we are the new caucus -- we are the new redevelopment.
>> they want to use eminent domain. they are going to have a hard time. most of the property up and down third street, is still owned by african-americans. >> let's agree, the plan says we cannot use eminent domain on a personal on the well. so the question -- the answer is absolutely not. >> this is not a question where we are taking the warehousing and replacing it with the housing. we are talking about creating a new neighborhood. but we are looking to add to the neighborhood. >> the redevelopment in the district was over 30 years ago. most things have changed, and that is one of the things that has changed.
as we went about doing to develop a plan, we looked at that and said there will be no limited demand and housing. i don't care where people live -- it could be in the middle of an industrial park. zero eminent domain of housing. so we were very sensitive to that. redevelopment is a great tool and it is a tool that has been used all over the state. we just finished bloomingdale's. that was a redevelopment area. it could happen, and if you strike, it could really make a difference. we are trying to make sure that we are using it right. >> we are not anti-development. we are anti getting pushed out and killing our kids. >> a cheap way to provide opportunities for people is affordable housing. and this is affordable housing that will very from rental housing for families, rental housing for seniors, housing for
people with disabilities, housing for the chronically homeless, holders of housing. >> we love redevelop it, but we are going to have to do some development ourselves. that is what we want the city to do. let the people year, starting with the people out here in bayview, to the development here. at the shipyard, whatever it is. you do not need anybody out there. you give me all about lead, i could get the money to develop it. >> first of all, we have a very public and open process. when you look at a public the size, you are looking at a national developer to have the wherewithal, the resources, the expertise and the finances to really complete a project like this. >> the residents of this community said they needed very affordable senior housing because many of their residents were aging in place in the community. that was a response to what the stated community needs were. in addition to the senior
housing on the front, we are also looking at building affordable homeownership projects. this is 132 units of first-time home buyer units. that again will be affordable to people approximately at 80% of median income, which is approximately the average household income in the bayview. >> we have an opportunity to really improve the neighborhood and to add more neighborhoods. >> the first phase is the development of up to 1600 homes on the shipyard. 30% will be affordable, and there will also include 20 acres of parks and recreational space and trails as well as some retail and commercial space as well. the second phase involves development of up to 10% of thousand of which 30% is slated to be affordable housing. >> i'm excited about the possibility of having a green
tech campus. i'm excited about the possibility of having your and better schools and better transportation and new residents coming into the area. >> people were proud to live in public housing because they used to keep them up. but now that you want to push people out, everything has to go down. those houses out there -- they could have kept them out. they will not let anybody live in a lot of them. that is what they are doing. total gentrification. >> we have been really told that the housing authority was ordered to allow public housing to go into as drastic the case as possible because hud was not going to give them as -- any more money, and the only way to get money to make of the deficit was they had to let a private it to come in. >> the federal government's
funding formula for ongoing operations and maintenance has steadily declined over time. >> there are funding shortages, and the board of supervisors really cares. we have put money aside for repair. millions of dollars. we have lists now. we are looking at priorities, and the priority is life- threatening issues. we are looking at those things first, trying to make a difference, and i believe that we will. >> let's take a break and learn about a couple of unique district in neighborhoods with more of a small town by. first, let's meet the editor of this photograph book. she will tell us about the process of creating a book, the district's history, and how the neighborhood has the ball. -- evolved.
>> i was inspired to write a book about the portola because a co-worker brought in the bayview book for me to look at. i went to the publishers website and was really interested in buying a book on the portola. one did not exist, so i asked the publisher if i could write one, and i submitted some pictures and a sample of writing, and they sent me a contract. nursery and grow a lot of the flowers that were sold in the city, so we have 19 separate families that grew various flowers. we all had our own specialty, whether it is roses or carnations. during the war, a lot of the greenhouses were not able to deflower production because it was deemed unnecessary, so a lot of the nurseryman just would raise chickens and have eggs, and they would have to supplement their income that way. a lot of the people in the portola did go to work at the bayview hunters point shipyard.
the community has changed a lot since the 1920's, were originally started out as a large jewish community. after the jewish are adolescents -- after the jewish settlers, they became more maltese and italian. the last census showed, we were 53% asian-pacific islander. the community has continued to grow and change. everyone has really embraced that. we liked that sort of diversity here. >> now, let's meet the president of the dogpatch neighborhood association. she will tell us about life in dogpatch, a clean neighborhood on the eastern edge of potrero hill, and we will learn how the residents convinced the city to a vigil -- to designate the area a historic district. >> dogpatch and the health and cottages are the historic houses in the area.
those were built for the union ironwork. this really is one of the most original live-work neighborhoods in san francisco. because of this mix of housing and industrial, they need to sit in terms of scale and mass and height for the neighborhood. during the whole dot-com boom, we saw many move into the neighborhood. we found ourselves in combat before the planning commission for one project after another, and that was actually an impetus for the community to try to become a historic district. >> the process took our community approximately four years. we made presentations before pretty much every single supervisor and educated them about dogpatch. it was an arduous task, but once we went before the planning commission and then to the board of supervisors, lee did not have
one person in the neighborhood opposed the historic designation. i cannot say that just being a historic district protect everything. it means that there is another layer of bureaucracy that people have to go through if there are going to make changes to the assault of the building, and then there is an opportunity for community members to voice their opinions about what is going to be done. one of the things that's dogpatch is concerned about is the development on third street and some of the proposed height that the city is proposing. we would like to see a stepping down of that height limit adjacent to the historic district. the biggest issues for dog patch right now are the proposed ucsf hospital that wants to be placed at the north end of dogpatch. they do not have to follow the planning codes of san francisco. that is not to say that we are
inherently opposed to ucsf and what they potentially bring to the neighborhood. it is just that we need to be aware of what their plans are. >> in our show, we have heard a lot about the challenges facing the people of district 10. let's hear about the proposed solutions. >> in this world we live in today, the technology is already there. i would not even mind seeing a solar former place all of this. the tide rolls in, and it rolls out, and do you know that the force of that type rolling in and out will generate enough energy to keep this city going? >> the kind of changes that i would like to see -- definitely more greening, more sensitivity to planting trees, creating more open space. >> if people want to have a good
job out here, people getting educated, you see this community change. you see a lot of people coming into this community. this community probably grow about 25% or 30%. but it has to be an orderly development. not just some downtown coming out here and rolling over everybody and developing with added benefit. we are not going to have it. >> i think what is going -- what is important is that we give people the means to live here, so that means that jobs should be available, high-income jobs, not just low-income jobs, but jobs so that people can become middle-class as they are not already. that is what i see, the economic development part that we really need to make sure of. i have legislation to that says if you are a business and have been there at least